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Ex-St. Louis Cop Wants Prosecutors Sanctioned for Revealing Racist Texts

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click to enlarge Luther Hall, visible on the ground, is arrested on September 17, 2017. - LAWRENCE BRYANT/COURT EXHIBIT
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  • Luther Hall, visible on the ground, is arrested on September 17, 2017.

But Boone learned the next day that the protester police had assaulted was actually an undercover detective, and prosecutors say text messages to Ditto show he was worried.

"Nothing about that story to anyone please," Boone wrote the day after Hall's beating. "Not something I am proud of and not entertaining at all at this point. I love you."

Ditto replied: "No way. I would never say anything. My heart hurts for you."

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Prosecutors want to introduce the messages and a log that shows the times and duration of their FaceTime sessions, because they don't think they'll be able to compel Ditto to testify against Boone now that she is his wife. In fact, they claim that Boone married Ditto during the investigation into Hall's beating to ensure that wouldn't happen.

Large sections of what prosecutors had to say about that theory was redacted in the public filing. After nearly two pages of blacked out text, prosecutors wrote, "These facts indicate that at least one of the reasons that Boone and Ashley Marie Ditto were married is so that she would not have to testify."

But parts that were not concealed include yet another theme of wrongdoing described by prosecutors: prescription drug use.

Multiple texts show Boone discussing various medicines with multiple people. In one exchange between the officer and Ditto that was included in the prosecutors' filing, he asks about an apparently missing bunch of Concerta, a stimulant primarily approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but often abused.

Ditto replies: "We have both been taking concerta since the adderall was out and at that concert I gave Gavin and Karen the rest of that bottle except for like 5 because you already had another bottle. They have been taking that concerta she said lol."

In messages with other cops, Boone plays the role of adviser and supplier. The texts show fellow officer Kyle Santa asking for recommendations on pills for someone named Busso — apparently a reference to St. Louis police SWAT officer Joseph Busso.

"Depends on if he wants to feel like a he feels like seeing in HD and making night turn into day (adderall) or if he just wants to feel a really really focused white guy (concerta). Adderall is essentially cocaine base in a compressed pill form....... it's pretty special. It makes u chew on ur tongue and lick ur lips like a crack head and u can't stop talking for the first 8 hours. It is also nearly impossible to get drunk AND cures hangovers in a matter of 11 minutes. I'm not even lying about ANY  of that Kyle? Lol I'm serious!"

Boone added: "I'll give him some of each so he can experiment."

The filings include a string of texts between Boone and Detective Marcin Zajac over two days in May 2018. The first day, Zajac tells Boone to "bring the pills."

The next day, Zajac describes feeling "very energized" and "happy."

Boone writes: "Hahahaha your motivation and energy should be through the roof! It's good stuff. And lasts all day."

When Zajac writes that he wants to have his doctor give him more and asks for the name, Boone tells him it's Mydayis. It's a prescription medication that contains amphetamine.

Apparently, none of the messages or details contained in the prosecution's filings are things that Boone and his attorney wish to see out in the open, much less at trial. In the request for sanctions, they ask not only for prosecutors to be punished but for the judge to order even the redacted version of the memo to be pulled from a publicly accessible court filing site.

Prosecutors responded today, noting that they had previously notified Boone and his attorney that they intended to introduce the information at trial and had read some texts and summarized others in telling them that.

Prosecutors argue that the redacted filing falls in line with the court orders. They don't take a position on whether the redacted filing should be retroactively sealed, but they note the texts would be discussed in the open during a court hearing.

Sealed or not, prosecutors argue, Boone's texts were going to become public.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information from the St. Louis police department.

Notice of Intent to Introduce Evidence by Doyle Murphy on Scribd

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